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Ancients: Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR half shekel (18mm, 6.78 gm, 10h). ...

2012 March 8-9 Signature Auction - The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins - New York #3003

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Auction Ended On: Mar 8, 2012
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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Half-Shekel of Year 4, One of Six Recorded Specimens
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR half shekel (18mm, 6.78 gm, 10h). Year 4. LkSU yZx (half of a shekel); ¿S (year 4) above ritual chalice with pearled rim, the base is raised by projections on ends / USä¿kU My>Säry (Jerusalem the holy); staff with three pomegranate buds, round base. Hendin 1365. TJC 209. AJC 262,25. Samuels 980 (this coin). Very Rare. Extremely Fine.

Ex Superior Galleries 12-10-1992 (Bromberg II), 383.
Ex Sotheby's 6-9-1983 (Brand III), 147.
Ex Ref. E. Rogers Collection, purchased from Spink & Son 1916.
Ex Prowe Part II, 11-28-1904, 2618.

Judaean moneyers made a brave attempt to continue production of all silver denominations in the fourth year of the great conflict, even briefly reviving production of the silver quarter shekel. The numbers were sharply diminished, however. Only six examples of the half-shekel from Year Four are known to have survived, with this specimen among the finest. With silver stocks dwindling, an expediant was found in the production of bronze fractions of the shekel (see next six lots).

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